Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Skerdjano Keraj received his first violin lessons at the "Liceu Artistik Jordan Misja", a music boarding school for highly talented children in Tirana, at the age of six. After passing the final artistic examinations in the subjects violin and chamber music with Prof. Andreas Reiner, he passed the concert exam with Prof. Werner Scholz in Berlin also with honors.
He is u.a. Winner of the Folkwang Prize for Music 2001 and the International Chamber Music Competition in Thessaloniki. He was permanent concertmaster of the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and guest concertmaster with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the WDR-Rundfunkorchester, the Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, the SWR Stuttgart and numerous other orchestras.
As a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster, he toured Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and not least his homeland Albania.
Since the winter semester 2008/09 he teaches violin and orchestral literature at the HfMT Cologne / Aachen; since October as a professor. In addition, he is a jury member of the international violin competition Queen Sophie Charlotte in Mirow.
Hans-Werner Huppertz debuted in 1990 with the 1st prize at the international guitar competition "Seto Ohashi" in Okayama / Japan and the 2nd prize at the 33rd international competition in Tokyo. Since then, he performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician, is a lecturer in numerous master classes and a jury member in international competitions. An important aspect in his artistic work is the exploration of the original repertoire of the guitar, which he u.a. seeks to constantly expand through suggestions of new works.
Contrary to the general trend to "press" mixed-color programs on CD, Hans-Werner Huppertz dedicates only his works to the works of a composer, i.a. by Domenico Scarlatti, Francisco Tarrega, Manuel Maria Ponce and Frederico Mompou. In addition to his concert career, he supervises the prestigious chamber music series "Accordate" in Aachen as artistic director and is professor for guitar and member of the directorate at the location of the HfMT Cologne.
A long-standing friendship and mutual appreciation connects the two musicians. This led to the creation of their duo dedicated to the original literature for violin and guitar.
At the end of the year, her first joint CD with works by Niccolo Paganini will be released.